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21  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: April 29, 2005 03:16:44 AM
I just did the first real fitting for my grad dress (with my mom to help me) and it's so exciting! It actually looks like a dress now! I have til June 28 to get it finished, though.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: April 27, 2005 12:57:09 PM
Afterprom parties are big here, but they're a little different. The whole senior class gets involved in planning it and something big is done. This year (which is what usually happens) we're renting out a club and we all are buying tickets and stuff. Actually, they've decided that we'll have a foam party, which could be really weird or really fun.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Quick, classy, DIYs? on: April 13, 2005 10:15:07 AM
I have my IB Art exam next Tuesday, which is basically an oral exam for two years of work. My teacher told us that we should be "dressed to kill", which in my opinion is rather vague, but I would really like to look arty and classy for this.

I have a few things that I could wear, but nothing that I'm completely in love with, which brings me to the question: Which of the tutorials are around have you found to be easily done and/or could easily be adapted to something more formal?

I've looked through the archives and have a few ideas, but I've never actually tried any of them, (though I have some experience in sewing), which is why I'm asking for advice! Thanks in advance!
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Show off your hair! on: April 06, 2005 08:28:04 AM
I had mine bright red last summer, but it's normal now.. Dumb school dress/hair codes.

25  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: March 21, 2005 08:22:59 AM
I've been following this thread and wanting to make a prom dress - even though I'm 33!  This morning, I received an invitation to a prom-themed party, which means I am definitely making a dress.  Does anyone mind if I post my dress/progress, even though it's not technically prom?

I would say the more the merrier! I'm making a graduation dress, not a prom dress, but it seems to be more about trying to help each other navigate the world of formalwear more than anything else. Good luck!
26  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: which dress patterns have rocked your world! on: March 20, 2005 05:41:36 AM
Oh jeeze...I love the Vogue 1920's-esque one. If I had a dance to go to...I'd make that dress for myself. I think I'd need a pretty hefty head start, though...

Actually, it took me less than a week (plus a little extra time here and there for minor alterations). My (nearly) finished dress is posted here:


Wow, that's great, now I might have the courage to make it some day!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: February 19, 2005 04:18:03 AM
all the patterns i've seen say they have "princess seams" waht are they?

I was waiting for someone else to answer you better than I can, but it looks like this: http://www.sydneyscloset.com/asp/product.asp?categoryid=66&catalogid=403 and hopefully now someone will be prompted to describe them better for you.

I'm no master seamstress, but princess seams are the seams (like you can see in the picture) that go vertically down the bodice and the skirt. They're usually used in formal dresses because they allow the fabric to be in long panels (if you have a really dressy fabric it usually looks nicer that way than cut up in a bunch of seams) and lets you tailor it to your figure nicely. They can also elongate your figure, which is usually v v flattering.
Hope this helps!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: February 07, 2005 11:19:17 AM
I'm a senior in high school, but I'm not going to the prom. I DO, however, have a graduation dress that needs to be made.

Over the summer, I got this pattern:
and I'm making the view on the bottom left corner.
I got these fabrics:

and also some pretty wine-colored braid to put around the neckline and the dropped waist where the two fabrics meet, but I can't find it right now. I think I'll also add straps, as I'm also.. well endowed.

We've all given a lot of pattern reccomendations here:
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help brainstorm for bedouin-Arabic-y TV/sitting room! on: January 30, 2005 12:10:46 PM
Go to a flea market and find a hookah! They're super cool looking (even if you don't want to smoke them)
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink/black/white, Polka dot, Button rose, Folding style clutch NOW WITH TUTO on: January 23, 2005 04:58:30 AM
I loved this tutorial. I just made one, and it was super easy, thanks to your instructions. I'd put up a picture, but there is a sad lack of a digital camera.
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